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Today, 10 October 2017, is World Mental Health Day and this year's focus is the workplace. MINDFUL EMPLOYER has been supporting businesses and organisations to create mentally healthy workplaces since 2004 and in that time the initiative has grown to be UK-wide and launched abroad also.
So, on this WMHD why not take a look at our publications, mental health awareness workshops and the Charter for Employers who are Positive About mental Health and help make a difference in your business?
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We are delighted that Portakabin have signed the Charter for Employers who Positive About Mental Health. Employing over 1,600 people in the UK, probably many of us have encountered their building and services. We are also delighted that the following organisations have also signed the Charter in the last month or so:

Action for Family Carers Maldon Essex
Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ashgate Hospicecare Chesterfield
Aspire Community Benefit Society Ltd Leeds
Ballycommon Services Ltd Brentford London
Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind)
Cartrefi Cymru Cardiff
Cheshire Constabulary
Cheshire Without Abuse Crewe
Invictus Barristers Chambers Ltd London
Keech Hospice Care Luton
One Day Creative Ltd Wetherby
Osney Media London
People Matters (West Yorkshire) Leeds
Stephens Scown LLP Exeter
UCU (University & College Union) London

Nearly 50 Charter signatories have now signed up to MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus meaning that over 5,000 people will be able to access a 24/7 Staff Helpline and a Managerial Adviceline. Costing signatories just £1 per employee per year + VAT, MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus is just one of a number of special offers and discounts for Charter signatories.

Sharing Good Practice
Bedfordshire based Charter signatory and charity, CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service have introduced a wide range of initiatives to ensure staff receive the best care possible so that they are able to provide the best care possible to those they support. Included within this are Buddy groups, Wellbeing survey at annual review, Diet exercise and sleep programme, Healthy recipe sharing and lunches not to be eaten at desks! Perhaps those are initiatives that your employer can take up?

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Employing 8,500 people, Nestlé UK have become the latest household name to sign the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health. Two of the country’s major mental health charities, Mental Health Matters and Mental Health Foundation are also practising what they preach by committing to the wellbeing of their staff. All of the most recent Charter signatories continue to represent the broad range of businesses and organisations who make this voluntary and tangible commitment to their employees:

Access Independence Consulting Ltd Birmingham
Barnet & Southgate College
Barnsley Hospice
Basildon Mind
Branagan Flooring Services Ltd Manchester
Brightside Northumberland
Candlelighters Trust Leeds
Carers Support - Canterbury, Dover & Thanet
Chikama Trust London
Citizens Advice Leeds
Derby QUAD Ltd
Dorset Wildlife Trust
FCB Inferno London
Headway Devon
Heart of Bucks
i Group Brand Ltd Basildon
Inspire Communities Hull
Key Fund Investments Sheffield
Landmarks Sheffield
Mavern Care Ltd Shaw, Wiltshire
Muntham House School Horsham
New College Durham
P3 Social Inclusion Charity Ilkeston, Derbyshire
The Advocacy Project London

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This new initiative, launched this month, offers Charter signatories access to a 24/7 Staff Helpline and a Managerial Adviceline for just £1 per employee per year + VAT. Over 30 signatories have already taken up this exclusive offer. MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus is just one of a number of special offers and discounts for Charter signatories and more details can be found at

Mental Health Awareness Week – 8-14 May

The Mental Health Foundation is behind Mental Health Awareness Week, from 8-14 May 2017, and this year is going to look at mental health from a new angle. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, it will seek to uncover why too few people are thriving with good mental health. Why not use some of our resources and publications to help promote awareness in your organisation? Or use our animated films, Working with Anxiety and Let’s Talk to help colleagues thrive in their mental health.

Good Work and Mental Wellbeing Lab

This summer, Fresh Thinking Labs and Mindful Employer will launch the Good Work and Mental Wellbeing Lab, bringing together employers from public and private sectors in tackling these challenges by sharing their experiences and insights as ‘critical friends’, and developing a community of best practice from which new and innovative solutions will emerge.
The group will learn from the best research evidence and workplace practices including:
• Positive mental health as a core business objective
• Removing the stigma of mental illness
• Creating workplace cultures that support mental well-being
• Working smarter, not work intensification
• People-centred change
• Leaders and managers as champions of positive mental health
Discount for registration by 8 May, you will also receive a further discount if you your organisation is a Charter signatory. Visit

The Workplace Stress Summit

This is a free online conference on work-related stress, June 15th (replay on 19th). Workplace stress is growing exponentially, with over 11 million days lost to anxiety last year in the UK, and consequent impacts on wellbeing and productivity…and this may be the tip of the iceberg when we also include presenteeism and unreported mental health issues. If you’re an HR/wellbeing manager or advisor, or a senior executive with an eye on maintaining a healthy workforce, this online summit provides the opportunity to:
• Get an update on current issues, research, legislation, and stress reduction strategies
• Hear from, and connect with, UK thought leaders and practitioners
• Feel more confident to take action in your own workplace or to advise others
Organised by Mindful Work, the summit will comprise 15-20 interviews or presentations by some of the UK’s leading experts, including MINDFUL EMPLOYER, with an introduction by Professor Sir Cary Cooper.
Register for a free summit pass for 15th or 19th June at:
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We are pleased to announce the launch of MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus.

MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus is available exclusively to organisations who are a signatory to the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health and provides:

• A 24/7 independent and completely confidential Staff Helpline offering support for whatever life presents. Whether it’s to do with work, relationships, health & wellbeing, debt, legal problems… from workplace challenges to personal difficulties, support is just a phone call away. Calls will be answered by a highly experienced advisor who can provide support and guidance on any challenges that may be faced, whether personal or work-related.
• An independent and completely confidential Managerial Adviceline for anyone in any kind of managerial or supervisory role. Available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, the Adviceline is staffed by advisors with expert training in human behaviour and relationships, and with management experience. The service provides support for managers with challenges and problems within their teams such as conflicts at work, work-related stress, team issues or behavioural issues.

The cost will be just £1 per employee per year + VAT. This includes both telephone helplines with unlimited phone calls and. Both lines are 0300 numbers and cost the same as calling a landline.

Further information is available at
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Conference Talk
We were delighted that nearly 200 delegates took the time to say hello to us at last week’s Health & Wellbeing at Work conference at the NEC. Many passed compliments about MINDFUL EMPLOYER and several said they were already in the process of considering signing the Charter. We've already booked for next year's event - and we'll be at the CIPD Annual Conference in November too.

New Charter signatories
Over 170 employers have signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health in the current financial year and the latest ones continue to reflect the wide range of businesses and organisations who make this voluntary commitment:

Andover Mind
Brentwood Borough Council
Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group
Clarion Housing Group London
Community Waves Bromley
Grantside Ltd York
Harrogate Borough Council
Harrogate Solicitors
Health Assured Ltd Manchester
Hugh Baird College Merseyside
Independent Arts Newport, Isle of Wight
Manchester and Cheshire Construction Company Ltd
Marsha Miles Consutancy Taunton
Mary Frances Trust Leatherhead
NHS Improvement London
Norbury School Harrow
Pastille Nails Ltd Leeds
Porterhouse Medical Ltd Reading
S3e Ltd Sheffield
SAYiT Sheffield
SETAS Ltd Horsham
Shepherd's Bush Families Project London
Shire Leasing PLC Tamworth
Southend YMCA Community School
SpareRoom Macclesfield
St Anne's CEVA Primary School Weston-Super-Mare
Step One Exeter
The Camphill Village Trust
Wigan Council Wigan
Woolgrove School, Special Needs Academy Letchworth Garden City

For the first time since they were introduced in 2009, Charter Administration Fees will be changing at the beginning of April. These will see lower rates for micro-businesses/organisations and for registered charities, and small increases for small, medium and large organisations. Details of these changes, information about the Charter and lists of all current signatories are available at

This new facility will be available next month and is exclusively for organisations who are Charter signatories. MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus will provide confidential telephone support for staff and an adviceline for managers for just £1 per employee per year + VAT. There’s more information on our Charter page and current signatories will receive full details shortly.

Mental health awareness
Providing training for line managers and staff continues to be very important and many of the delegates who visited us at last week’s conference were interested in the workshops we provide. These can be delivered on site and we also provide occasional ‘open’ workshops here in Exeter including some in April. Visit for more details.

There have been over 1,400 YouTube views of Let’s Talk and 4,200 of Working with Anxiety and we’ve been delighted with the responses to our films. You are welcome to link these videos from your organisation’s intranet or web sites and we are happy to supply you with the mp4 or wmv file free of charge.

Social media
Do follow us on Twitter @mindfulemployuk and there’s a MINDFUL EMPLOYER Group on LinkedIn.
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Talking about mental health at work is difficult for everyone concerned. Beginning as a black and white, silent movie, Let’s Talk portrays the difficulties that arise through poor communication. As the film progresses, it gains both colour and a voice as we see how talking to each other enables support and understanding.
Produced by the same team who made Working with Anxiety we are delighted that renowned musician and TV presenter, Neil Brand composed the music especially.

Watch now at
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Coming soon....

MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus will be a brand new service providing confidential telephone support for staff and managers in organisations who are signatories to the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health. Look out for more details in the New Year.

Let’s Talk is a new animated film to be released in early 2017 which considers the topic of having conversations about mental health in the workplace. This is in a similar style to Working with Anxiety, which has now had over 3,000 views on YouTube.

New resources with a focus on prevention. Often, supporting people is a reaction to events or situations so during the next 12 months we will be developing some new publications.

A new, improved Good Practice section on our website will help share examples of what employers are doing more easily. This new design has been kindly sponsored by Jameson Smith & Co and will be available soon.

The 11th Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference on 7-8 March at the NEC in Birmingham. The programme is available now and do come and visit us on Stand 169.
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